From the daily archives: Monday, May 21, 2007

Kudos to Speaker Husted

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John Husted does the right thing. He wants more control over statehouse opening session prayers and ordered full implementation of a system of prior prayer review. Good job John. Thanks for this. Since Reverend Keith Hamblen’s abuse of the rule and shameful promotion of his religion in the public sphere, the House Leader is being forced to tighten the screws a bit.

I’m sure he’ll get flack from the so-called Christian Right, but this is something the speaker knows he has to do. Hamblen gave him an easy out. It would have taken more political courage to do it […]

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Update: This all happened as the good Congressman got his PB&J confiscated by the TSA. I’d say a last day visit to the soup kitchen might just be the final out-of-comfort-zone experience to cap off the Food Stamp Challenge!

Jerid gets this nugget in his first bit of vlogging from New Hampshire:

Simply one of the best stories I’ve heard regarding the popular bumber sticker phrase. I would add to Tim’s comments that the only person you CAN influence in reality is yourself. The only thing you have the total power to change is yourself and how you […]

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I’ve struggled a long time to write a good capsule to introduce this bit, but I can’t. Joss Whedon is about a billion times the writer I am. This is a tremendous rant, and I encourage you to read it. I was unable to edit it down to something concise; unable to provide the jist of the piece by selectively quoting. Here’s a teaser. Go read the rest.

Last month seventeen year old Dua Khalil was pulled into a crowd of young men, some of them (the instigators) family, who then kicked and stoned her […]

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This post is a Matty Special, just for our friends at RABid.

It turns out that Dr. Laura’s son, who is currently deployed in Afghanistan, had a MySpace page. And what a page it was.

The soldier son of talk radio relationship counselor Laura Schlessinger is under investigation for a graphic personal Web page that one Army official has called “repulsive.”

The MySpace page, publicly available until Friday when it disappeared from the Internet, included cartoon depictions of rape, murder, torture and child molestation; photographs of soldiers with guns in their mouths; a photograph of a bound and blindfolded […]

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The latest Des Moines Register poll has Edwards (29%) leading Obama (23%) and Clinton (21%).

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Iraq is a huge bake sale benefiting al-Qaida.

A major CIA effort launched last year to hunt down Osama bin Laden has produced no significant leads, but has helped track an alarming increase in the movement of al-Qaida operatives and money into Pakistan’s tribal territories, according to senior U.S. intelligence officials.

In one of the most troubling trends, U.S. officials said al-Qaida’s command base in Pakistan increasingly is being funded by cash from Iraq, where the terrorist network’s operatives are raising substantial sums from donations to the insurgency as well as kidnappings of wealthy Iraqis and other criminal activity.

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Fox News likes “SiCKO”

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Fox News gives Michael Moore’s new film, SiCKO, a positive review.

Filmmaker Michael Moore’s brilliant and uplifting new documentary, “Sicko,” deals with the failings of the U.S. healthcare system, both real and perceived. But this time around, the controversial documentarian seems to be letting the subject matter do the talking, and in the process shows a new maturity.

Unlike many of his previous films (“Roger and Me,” “Bowling for Columbine,” “Fahrenheit 9-11”), “Sicko” works because in this one there are no confrontations. Moore smartly lets very articulate average Americans tell their personal horror stories at the hands of […]

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Maher on Falwell

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If you thought what I wrote was bad…

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